Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Aug 2006 18:12 UTC
Features, Office has hit back at claims that the alternative office applications suite is riddled with security holes. Researchers at the French Ministry of Defense say that OpenOffice is subject to security weaknesses that make it at least as susceptible to computer viruses as the commercial, more widely used, Microsoft Office.
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RE[5]: friggin obvious
by Ookaze on Thu 17th Aug 2006 12:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: friggin obvious"
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"To be secure, an application not only need to have secure code, it need also be designed in a way that it doesnt encourage unsafe behavior among its usrs."

I agree, but then every email client does that these days

No, that's completely false.

They ask the user what they want to do with the file

That's just not true at all. I only need to take Evolution to see you're wrong. Get a clue !
Evolution never asks you what to do with a file, it has a default action when you click on it, and allows choice of actions through a drop menu box.

So by your definition then almost all email clients are insecure

No, that's just by your clueless opinion. Most email clients are not so insecure, but Windows is a pretty badly insecure OS, that allows scripts to execute.
Evolution never allowed any script to execute by default.
What you say is just ignorant FUD to try to put Outlook in a better light. Yes Outlook, not even Outlook Express.

The only ones I know of that do not are the ones that no longer have a place in the business world, such as Pine and the like. All collaborative ones, which as required by Business, such as Outlook, Evolution, Lotus Notes, etc allow this type of activity

No, you only know of Pine and Outlook, and extrapolated to say they all are the same.

User training is what will increase security, as trying to make idiot proof applications results in smarter idiots that figure out how to break it

Yes user training will increase security, but that's on the Windows platform you hear people say FOSS is too complicated because it requires some training.
So these people are happy to be ignorant, take it like a good thing, and all this comes from MS marketing making idiots believe Windows is easy.
I'm not saying people are idiots, that's actually Windows people (shills/zealots) that always use this term to describe Windows users, as soon as there is a problem in a MS application. They will never admit Windows or a Windows app is insecure or crap, no, that's always the user who is an idiot.
Sorry to tell you that on Linux, the very same user without training never catch any virus or script in his mail, using Evolution. And no, I never call Linux or FOSS users idiots.

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RE[6]: friggin obvious
by DrillSgt on Thu 17th Aug 2006 14:09 in reply to "RE[5]: friggin obvious"
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"That's just not true at all. I only need to take Evolution to see you're wrong. Get a clue !
Evolution never asks you what to do with a file, it has a default action when you click on it, and allows choice of actions through a drop menu box."

Just because it is not an "OK" button doesn;t make it any different. I do have a clue thanks, and have used Evolution, quite extensively for a time. Before you flame get an idea. Having a drop down if choices is the same thing, whether you want to admit it or not.

Actually the email clients I use regularaly are Outlook, Evolution, Kmail, Thunderbird, Mozilla, and Pine, as I support all of these. Outlook does not allow scripts to execute without intervention, if it does you have tweaked and broken it, as there are registry hacks that will allow that. You are correct that Linux users do not catch virus from clicking something, however they do run scripts. Just because it has not been done, does not mean it can not. I have written a script that when run will hose a linux machine, all the person has to do is enter the root password. Guess what, people will do it. I know windows and some of it's applications have all kinds of faults, which is the reason I have all the windows machines locked down. I don't even let people install thier own software, I have to do it. Luckily the company is small enough.

And thanks for basically calling me an idiot, since you of course don't call Linux users idiots...although you just did.

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